It provides evidence of Western double standard duplicity. It reflects support for "organized terrorism." Doing so won't deter government forces from defending its citizens. Assad is committed to do so.
On February 21, Washington vetoed a Russian draft statement. It condemned Wednesday's terrorist attacks. Moscow denounced US policy. It reflects support for what demands condemnation.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left no doubt where Russia stands, saying:
"This opposition by our American partners....is not the first time in which they seek a form that justifies those who fight the Syrian regime."
"Russia sees in the American position an application of double standards and a dangerous approach in terms of the Americans moving away from the main principle of condemning terrorism in all its forms."
Russia's UN mission issued a statement saying:- Advertisement -
"It is obvious that by doing so, the US delegation encourages those who have been repeatedly targeting American interests, including US diplomatic missions."
It's not the first time Washington obstructed responsible policy, it added. Moscow called doing so unacceptable. It reflects support for mass murder. It's official US policy.
It threatens Lebanon. Free Syrian Army General Selim Idriss accused Hezbollah of shelling villages around Qusayr in Homs Governorate.
He issued an ultimatum. He threatened to respond if attacks don't stop in 48 hours. He accused Hezbollah of sending combatants to Syria.
"As soon as the ultimatum ends," he added, "we will start responding to the sources of fire."
Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah categorically denies sending fighters to Syria. At the same time, he said party members may be acting individually. He added that around 30,000 Shitte Lebanese inhabit 22 Syrian villages. Volunteers defend them against terrorist attacks.
On February 21, Lebanon's Daily Star headlined "FSA claim of strikes on Lebanon false."
An FSA statement claimed otherwise. It said one of its battalions targeted two Hezbollah bases. It struck with mortars, "machine guns and anti-tank missiles." It did so near the Syrian/Lebanon border. It vowed more "surprises" ahead.
Longstanding Washington/Israeli policy prioritizes destabilizing Lebanon. At issue is replacing Hezbollah with pro-Western puppets, toppling Assad, isolating Iran, and solidifying US regional control.